The Pittsburgh Steelers announced the release of kicker Shaun Suisham Friday morning.
The veteran kicker tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the Hall of Fame matchup against the Minnesota Vikings last preseason. He hoped to battle for the kicking spot with last year’s sensational replacement Chris Boswell.
Ray Fittipaldo of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette tweeted out the news:
The Steelers have released veteran kicker Shaun Suisham, five weeks before training camp. Gives him a chance to catch on with another team.
— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) June 24, 2016
Fittipaldo said that this move gives Suisham a chance to catch on with another team. This however could not be the case.
Just a few minutes after the release was live Suisham talked about the injury and how he had a major setback.
Shaun Suisham statement on his release provided to the Trib pic.twitter.com/4X5RRaOf3S
— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly_Trib) June 24, 2016
Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert talked about the release.
Unfortunately Shaun incurred a setback in his recovery from knee surgery that won’t allow him to compete in a timely manner. Shaun has played a significant role in our success during his time in Pittsburgh. He has been the consummate professional on the field and in our community. We wish he and his family all the best in the future.
His release will free up around $2 million in cap space. Suisham was a fan favorite in Pittsburgh as he replaced long time kicker Jeff Reed during the 2010 Super Bowl run. Hopefully he can enjoy his family and get the ACL 100% healthy.
Thank you Suisham for all you have done!
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